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Fishing and feeding

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The male osprey is frequently fishing on the loch, close to the double decker hide. This is giving great opportunities for visitors and wildlife photographers to see the male, up close and personal.

LM12 fishing ©Vanessa Coldwell

LM12 fishing ©Vanessa Coldwell

After three weeks the osprey chicks have changed a lot and grown in size, from sparrow sized, featherless chicks to pigeon sized, feathered chicks who can stand up and compete with each other for food. Although the third chick seems to get less food than the other two, in fact this is how Ospreys feed their young. Normally they will feed the oldest chick first, followed by the second chick, then the youngest one. This is done to ensure that there is at least one strong chick… but for now there is an ample supply of food for all three of them. The youngest one is getting stronger and has even started picking fights with its siblings for the best spots to get fed.

The same trend has been noticed last breeding season, and by the time they are fledglings, all chicks will be roughly the same size.

LF15 with the three chicks ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

LF15 with the three chicks ©Scottish Wildlife Trust

Chris Cachia Zammit

Original author: jonathan
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